Remodeling market continues upward trend
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s fourth-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions continues to show growth.
Although remodelers report the highest overall rating on business conditions at 6.51 (from 6.41 last quarter), numbers in most other categories experienced a slight drop.
“Many remodelers entered 2014 with jobs in the pipeline, which hasn’t happened in the past few years,” said Tom O’Grady, CR, CKBR, chairman of NARI’s Strategic Planning & Research Committee and president of O’Grady Builders, based in Drexel Hill, Pa. “Although inquiries, requests for bids and conversion of bids are down in Q4, that backlog has given remodelers confidence that the overall business conditions will remain positive.”
Growth indicators in the fourth quarter of 2013 are as follows (rating is from 1 to 9, where 1 is much worse than a year ago and 9 is much better; 5 is about the same as last year):
• Current business conditions was rated 6.51 (from 6.41 last quarter).
• Number of inquiries fell to 6.2, a significant drop from 6.55 last quarter.
• Requests for bids fell to 6.22 from 6.45, a significant decline from last quarter.
• Conversion of bids to jobs continues to be the weakest measure remaining flat at 6.03.
• Value of jobs sold declined to 6.27 from 6.31 recorded last quarter.
Conversion of bids to jobs continues to be the weakest measure when compared with the same time last year. Yet, the projected strength of sales in three months had a significant increase to 6.41 from the 6.12 recorded in September.
“The fourth quarter of this year was very strong for many remodelers, as reflected in the Remodeling Business Pulse Survey,” O’Grady said. “Average sale prices continue to rise, and consumers are more comfortable spending money on projects that will increase the value of their homes.
Cree’s financials reflect demand for LED
Durham, N.C.-based Cree, maker of LED technology and products, including a $10 LED bulb found at Home Depot, reported a 20% increase in second-quarter sales.
The company’s revenues of $415.1 million were up from $346.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Net income for the second quarter, ended Dec. 29, was $35.7 million, up 75% from last year’s second quarter.
CEO Chuck Swoboda pointed to strong growth in LED fixtures and LED bulbs as keys to a a record quarter. "Our strategy is working, the business is growing, and we’ve made great initial progress building the Cree brand," he said.
The company recently expanded its product line with the introduction of the new Cree LED 75-watt Replacement Bulb.
Cree’s product families include LED fixtures and bulbs, blue and green LED chips, high-brightness LEDs, lighting-class power LEDs, power-switching devices and RF devices.